Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Happy New Year

Top post on IndiBlogger.in, the community of Indian Bloggers

This post is my entry for 'My College Diary' contest held by travel blog My Yatra Diary in collaboration with Collegedunia.com' 

December 31, 2006. Yes, New Year eve. I, Neha and Juhi had planned to visit newly introduced Central park in a city at Cannaught Place, New Delhi to celebrate the evening. Those days’ Metro trains were used to run in yellow line only from central secretariat to Vishwavidyalaya and its usual closing time was 9 PM. As Metro was also the new attraction in the city, we boarded the train and had reached Rajiv Chowk metro station by 7 PM and headed to Central Park. Oh yes, as heard, It was beautifully decorated, full of lights, musical arrangements, street foods and with air tight security. People had come with their families. Central Park was loaded with youth, families and kids and on the other hand roads were empty and only personal vehicles were allowed to enter. We three were over excited and had chased for every single moment of celebration. 

Oh! it is quarter to 8, we should move; Juhi said. With the mutual nod we had decided to stay for 15 more minutes and would leave. We were not aware of the road route that was the primary reason we had taken metro for the destination and similarly had planned to return. We captured beautiful moments, had lots of Delhi street food and were happily returned to Metro rail. Here we found that the entrance was closed. It was 8:15 by that time. We were surprised and ran to the next possible entrance, we found it closed either. Before we could understand, we saw one Policeman was standing behind us, he enquired about the possibility of us at the closed metro rail gates and then surprised us by telling the fact that on New Year eve, the metro train get closed at 7:30 PM for security reasons. Before he could explain anything else, we ran from the place without returning any favor to him for the information. 

We might find any DTC bus from outer circle, Neha suggested. Our hostel closing time was also 9 PM and hence we had no options left instead to believe her and find the bus stop. We started running on the empty streets and sooner we got caught by Police at the outer circle of CP and had been stopped. We told the whole story without any comma and full stop. The adventure strengthened with Police statement that the entire route to CP for public transport had been blocked for security reasons; we had been advised to come out of the CP’s arena to find any public transport. It was now 8:30 PM. In the dark night, having no options left, we continued running on the empty streets holding, encouraging and supporting each other. 

We had reached Red Fort by then. In a while we found one DTC bus was coming. In the frightening night,  in a hurry to reach hostel safe and on time we three had decided to appear in front of the Bus to stop it, obviously we failed and had to run aside as the bus was in speed and it went. In a lesser time 2 to 3 more bus had passed however we couldn't catch any. It was now 8:50 PM. Juhi was panicked and started crying. Finding no other way we had now decided to hire an auto to our hostel. After struggling for couple of more minutes we found an auto. The auto driver had mentioned that he was not aware of the route to Delhi University however he could drop us to the Kashmiri Gate ISBT from where we could catch a linked Bus for Kingsway camp, North campus, Delhi University. Juhi was stressed and so do I and Neha. We were not sure of hiring him but also we had no other options as the clock was running fast. At last we hired him and prayed to god for safe travel.

He took us to ISBT, Kashmiri gate. We thanked and offered him some tip but he refused to take it and said he would wait there till the time we found the right bus. We then enquired about the connecting bus to our hostel and thankfully we found one soon. In this one hour run for the first time we were relaxed and smiled. We reached hostel at around 9:15 PM. Hostel mates were curious to know about the evening. Neha was looking happy, Juhi was in shock and I was silent. I maintained the silence and went to my bed. I was reviewing past 1 hour run, the crazy run, the run for life and And then Surabhi and other hostel mates came in with noise and woke me up, it is 12 and greeted loudly “Happyyyy Newwww Yearrrrrr”. I smiled and returned “happy New Year” hug to everyone and celebration went on. It was an unforgettable and adventurous evening. People were enjoying, dancing and living the moment for new year and I guess I was celebrating for my new life. 
  -- Priyashi


I would like to invite my fellow bloggers to participate in 'My College Diary' Contest.


My Yatra Diary… along with collegedunia.com is very excited to host ‘My College Diary’ contest: Cash Prizes Worth RS. 10,000 to be Won! for the all the stories that you have got to share.


18 comments:

  1. Nice that you shared this, Priyashi :)
    Thanks for tagging me!
    Even I studied at Delhi & can totally identify with your story.
    Not finding public transport felt so unsafe...
    My friends & I have suffered too... But, phew! Thank God we all are safe!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yeah Anita, It was a horrible evening and was a very different experience altogether.... thats great we all are safe.....:)

    Yeah dear, you are really good in binding emotions and recalling memories.... I found this contest a win win place for you.....so here you are... Looking more to come from you.....:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your nice words, dear!
      Best wishes to you for the contest!
      Hope to share my story too! Last date is approaching :)

      Delete
    2. Yup....waiting for your story dear....๐Ÿ˜Š

      Delete
  3. Phew! That sounds like a rushed evening and a bit scary as well, esp at that hour of the night in Delhi. I thought the metros ran till about 11pm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup Vinay, it was a scary night, now a days metro train runs till 11:30 pm. Eight years it get closed at 9 pm and that new year eve it get closed early ny 7:30 pm.....๐Ÿ˜Š

      Delete
  4. A great read this story and in the find I am tagged :)
    Extremely sorry I am unable to take it up. Busy caught up with so many little things.
    Thank you so much for thinking about me. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Indrani, Thank you dear....:) you still have time to bring us an interesting story.....:)

      Delete
  5. when i was reading your new year eve celebration, i went to the flashback and searching my memories of my college life.
    thanks to share

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome to my blog....:)

      I am really glad that you get it connected to your old memories.....Do share some..... would be happy to read it....:)

      Delete
  6. Delightful read, Priyashi! I must tell that you had adventures college life. On some other day, I was reading about your Post Office experience and now this. It's said na good happens to those who try to do good for others :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha ha ha.... very true Ravish, sure I can tag some of the memoirs in the adventurous incidents. I just love living those time again and again....those were very learning and new experiences for me.....Now i enjoyed that time....and thank to God that we all are safe....:)

      Delete
  7. Enjoyable read Priyashi...and a bit scary too... can understand the predicament when no public transport is available...

    Thanks for tagging me dear... :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup dear, It was scary evening for all three of us......but thanked to god we all are safe.... Thank you Maniparna.....:)

      I really like your writing, the way you bring the story is always new and different. I found this contest an enjoyable place for you... Looking forward to read wonderful story from you....:).

      Delete
  8. Thanks for providing such nice information to us. It provides such amazing information on care/as well Health/. The post is really helpful and very much thanks to you. The information can be really helpful on health, care as well as on examhelp/ tips. The post is really helpful.

    RBSE 12th Board result 2017
    ICSE 10th result 2017

    ReplyDelete